We know walking into your local comic shop or browsing the new titles on Comixology can be harrowing, particularly with the rising prices of comics. The GeekRex team feels your pain, so that's why each week two members of our team will collaborate and highlight the "must-buys" of every Wednesday, and we'll make sure we keep the tab under 20 bucks. Props to MultiversityComics for coming up with the great idea–we hope you like our spin on it!
This Week's Team: Cal and Harper
Batman #38 - $3.99
This run doesn't need anymore praise laid at its feet, but I gotta say, this is still the best thing DC is publishing. While some aren't thrilled that we've gotten back to the Joker so soon after Death of the Family, this arc has been nothing short of thrilling in both story and art. If you are into superhero books and aren't picking this up...well you may just not actually exist.
Bitch Planet #2 - $3.50
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro launched Bitch Planet #1 to almost-immediate critical acclaim - including from me! But first issues are easy. First issues, you have all the time in the world to prepare for, and you have a very specific set of things you have to get done. Second issues are hard. Kelly Sue has been on a roll these past couple years, and I'm eager to see if she can continue to balance the title's thoughtful underpinnings with thrilling exploitation-themed pulp.
Catwoman #38 - $2.99
If I was handing out 'Most Improved' awards, Genevieve Valentine's Catwoman would be at the tippy-top of the list. Coming off of three years of lackluster Catwoman stories, Valentine's book has moved away from cape-and-mask action and towards crime comics, a change that has done the book nothing but good. Selina Kyle, now a major mob boss in Gotham City, wants to save her city, but she also has to rule over crime in Gotham with an iron fist. In #38, she'll confront Batman for the first time since her mob ascension; I can't wait to see what Valentine, typically a patient storyteller, has in store.
Mind MGMT #30 - $3.99
Matt Kindt's tricky mind-control/spy conspiracy story has grown to mythic proportions as it goes into its last year. Each issue packs an insane amount of story, literally to the covers and the margins, and is always revealing upon rereads. This issue is particularly interesting as it delves into the history of the central villain of the series, The Eraser, a figure as compelling as she is dangerous.
Thor #4 - $3.99
Aaron's run continued perfectly from the now-legendary Thor: God of Thunder series, and his new (still officially unidentified) female Thor is arguably a better take on the character. This series has been a wonderful mix of character building as she pushes the limits of her abilities while never losing the epic battles that Aaron's Thor has grown infamous for. This issue promises to bring that to a head as we get the original Thor (now just 'Odinson') duking it out with our new Thor, and Dauterman's phenomenal art is worth the price of admission at the very least!
Total Price: $18.46
Pick of the Week
Superman was done wrong by DC/WB these last few years. As the character got 'edgier' both in film and in comics, what was special about the character - what separated him from all the 80s and 90s rip-offs - was lost, and outside of a controversial New 52 run by Grant Morrison, no one at the company could figure out what to do with him. Thankfully, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder nail it in the very first issue of Action Comics: What Lies Beneath, a collection that gets at and reinforces the heart of the character perfectly. More than that, though, it's just plain fun. Pak and Kuder have a blast updating Lana Lang to a driven, globe-trotting engineer, and some of the visuals they come up with here are wonderful old-school sci-fi pulp the likes of which the series has been begging for. If you read one Superman comic this year, this should probably be the one. [Cal]
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpuf
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpu